BA (Hons) (top up) Early Childhood Studies (full-time)
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This top up year, delivered at Wiltshire College & University Centre's Trowbridge campus, has been designed as a progression route from a Foundation Degree such as a Foundation Degree in Early Years which brings together several academic disciplines.

The course is structured to provide an inter-agency focus based on the outcomes of integrated methods and insights of the various disciplines that contribute to our understanding of childhood and it will support practitioners who are working in a variety of early years’ settings with families, playgroups and in schools and nurseries as well as childminders.

Demands for high quality comprehensive childcare and education requires highly skilled well educated Early Years professionals. Studying at Higher Education at level 6 is required for those who would be future researchers in early childhood care and education, those who would teach others and those who would become future advocates, monitors and inspectors of services.

What will I learn?

After completing this top up year, you will achieve a BA (Hons) top up Early Childhood Studies qualification.

The course includes modules in the following subjects:

  • Research Methods in Childhood and Education
  • Equality and Identity
  • Independent Study
  • Reflective Practice in Early Years
  • Outdoor Learning
  • Professional Roles in the Early Years
  • Dissertation

Please note:

Modules and course content are subject to change.

Entry requirements

Students will usually have achieved a Merit profile in the Foundation Degree in Early Years or an equivalent relevant Early Years related level 5 qualification of 240 credits subject to individual credit rating by Oxford Brookes University.

Students who have not studied Brookes’ Foundation Degree in Early Years will need to produce a transcript of the modules and learning outcomes they have studied on their level 5 course to allow credit rating by Brookes and evidence coverage of sufficient comparable content to allow entrance to this top up year.

Gaining a place on the course may also be subject to a successful interview and a strong UCAS application with an appropriate reference.

If English is not your first language, then you will need to show that your English language skills are at a high enough level to succeed in your studies.

IELTS level 6.0 overall with 6.0 in Reading and Writing and 5.5 in Listening and Speaking.

Although GCSEs in Maths and English are not required for this top up year, they will be required should applicants wish to progress onto teacher training programmes.

All applicants will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Study, assessment and qualifications

You must successfully complete several assignments related to individual modules. You cannot pass a module unless you successfully complete the required assessment.

Assignments take a variety of forms and each assignment is designed to assess specified learning outcomes for the module while the overall nature and pattern of assessment is linked to the programme’s learning outcomes.

The course team will determine the specific focus for each assignment and the definitive assignment briefs will be available at the start of each term via the college’s eStudy website that holds all the relevant programme information. 

Assessment criteria are rigorous, demanding and set at a level appropriate to your course.  

Assignments are marked and moderated by the college’s tutors and tutors’ feedback on your assignments will normally be returned to you within three working weeks but please remember that marks should not be considered as final until after the university’s Examination Committee.

On successful completion of this course, you will achieve a BA (Hons) top up Early Childhood Studies, franchised by Oxford Brookes University.

Additional costs and information

The cost of this programme is £7,570 per year (£9,270 per year for international students).

Students may be required to attend an interview and are welcome to apply for this programme via UCAS.

The UCAS institution code for this programme is O66.

The UCAS course code for this programme is 310X.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that Wiltshire College is successfully registered as a provider for Higher Education and that students are eligible for funding and student support from Student Finance England.  Please visit for more information.

What could I do next?

After completing this year, you will gain a BA (Hons) top up Early Childhood Studies and you may choose to undertake a teacher training course at the college comprising a two year part time Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in partnership with the University of Greenwich. 

For the PGCE, English and Maths GCSEs will be required for applicants to be considered for interview.

Alternatively, you may wish to continue your studies to master's level and beyond and to become more involved in research or academia.

Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.